Law, Language, and the Latin American Constitutions
Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 2011
21 Pages Posted: 10 May 2011 Last revised: 6 Apr 2015
Date Written: May 10, 2011
Latin America has many languages and many constitutions. This article provides a general overview of the ways in which some constitutions of states of Latin America relate to the multi-lingual context in which they operate. After providing a brief account of Latin American constitutional history in Part I, the essay will thus consider the relationship between language and constitutions in three different contexts: the creation of new constitutions, constitutional protection of language rights, and the process of making a constitution accessible to speakers of a language different from the one in which it was originally written.
Keywords: law and language, language rights, constitution-making, Latin American constitutionalism, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela
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